Psoriasis Is An Autoimmune Disease
Lets be clear friends, I do not promote “diets”. I promote and educated those to try something and turn it into a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes are the only way to change your life, not diet crashing. According to Psoriasis.org, 8 million American suffer from psoriasis and nearly 125 million world wide suffer from this uncomfortable skin condition. Among these millions of people are the women and young adults that it attacks making them feel embarrassed thus taking a toll on their self-confidence. What is psoriasis exactly? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with chronic inflammation that causes white blood cells from the immune system to be constantly released to keep producing skin cells. The over making of skin cells causes skin to pile up on each other to create the psoriasis patches visible on the skin. A great way to fight against this immune challenge is with the psoriasis diet.
Processed Foods Cause Autoimmune Diseases
Processed foods cause autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis. Most autoimmune diseases start in the gut, most likely from the condition leaky gut. Leaky gut is a health condition where the tight junction of your skin cells malfunction. The tight junction of your skin cells are made up from small finger like projections in your intestines. These small projections line your intestinal walls and are called villi. Even though villi are extremely small, they pack quite a large responsibility. Their job is to twist, turn, and absorb food nutrients and send these nutrients off to your bloodstream to feed the other systems in the body. Be sure to visit my free downloads page to see visually how autoimmune diseases start in the gut.
Our society’s way of eating has gone down the tube ever since processed foods were created after WWII. Find a quick trip back in processed food history here! These foods are packed with sugar, chemicals, preservatives, dyes, herbicides, and pesticides. Sure, all of these things can be broken down by the body and detoxed out, but only to some extent. This does not mean the body can do it all day every day. When the body gets more processed and packaged foods then whole nutrient dense foods each day, inflammation then enters the picture.
Once inflammation starts and it continues to be fed junk, the immune system then comes into play sending out white cells in order to protect itself from the foreign invaders. IE, all of the unnatural overabundance of crap that’s in processed and packaged foods. This then snowballs and turns into white T cells making too much skin and it piling up causing psoriasis flare-ups.
Psoriasis Diet Step One
Alright, you’ve made it! Psoriasis diet step one here you come! The first and most important thing to do is get your mind right. This will not be easy, but it can be done my friend. The most important thing to know before starting any sort of lifestyle change is that not one single person on this earth is perfect, only the big man who lives above. No one eats perfect all of the time because we are all human. And you know what? That’s okay! Do not punish yourself for being human, “treating” yourself, or just falling off the wagon for a bit. The more you beat yourself up about each backwards step, the more backwards steps you will end up taking. If you are finding yourself stressed before you even begin, or along the process, teach yourself some new stress management tools. Head over to The Stress And Digestion Connection and Stress Calming Practices to learn some useful techniques on how to reduce your stress response. And, start to love yourself more with easing up on yourself and forgiveness 🙂
Psoriasis Diet Step Two
Psoriasis diet step two, clean out your pantry. Get rid of the processed and packaged foods. I know that’s a lot easier said than done. If you have kids, you probably have things in the pantry that you probably never even touch. Just do your best. Sort through the things you eat the most and get rid of them. You know what cravings you have, don’t buy those items anymore. If your kids like the same things, just scale back on how much you buy and put those items in a different spot, even in locked cabinet.
Psoriasis Diet Step Three
Psoriasis diet step three, teach yourself about proper macro eating and whole food eating in order to prepare for the psoriasis diet. Head over to my Beginner’s Guide To Macro Eating to learn more about the proper fats, proteins, and carbs balance each time you eat. This is one of the most important things to learn. Eating the proper ratio of foods will result in you needing to eat less times a day. When your macros are balanced you will stay fuller for longer. This means that when you are not eating and breaking down food constantly, your body can actually take the time to heal the gut that has caused psoriasis! It’s win-win, I promise!
Psoriasis Diet Step Four
Psoriasis diet step four, learn about nutrient dense whole foods and meal plan. Take the time each week to implement new whole foods into your diet and to plan out what you will be eating each day. Not having a plan when it comes to creating a new eating lifestyle will cause you to be starving and reach for anything that is quick and easy because you don’t know what to make, and this results most times in quick and easy processed and packaged foods. If you struggle with meal planning, be sure to head over to my Pinterest board, Processed Food Detox for gut healing meal ideas and recipes.
Your body can be healed by the vitamins and minerals from foods. Your digestive system can break down these nutrients to feed itself to heal the damage that has been done to your intestinal lining. Heal the intestinal lining, heal the broken junctions and take charge of healing any autoimmune disease! Below there are 12 vitamins and minerals that can heal the gut. Each vitamin or mineral link has benefits and food sources. Get a piece of paper and pencil, go through these nutrients, and add the food sources to your next grocery list!
- Vitamin A Guide
- Vitamin C Guide
- Vitamin D Guide
- Zinc Guide
- Calcium Guide
- Magnesium Guide
- Fish Oil Guide
- Vitamin K Guide
- Vitamin E Guide
- Vitamin B1 Guide
- Vitamin B6 Guide
- Vitamin B12 Guide
Another option is to get food prep meal delivery. Our family’s favorite is Green Chef. It’s a great way to not really have to think about what will be for dinner everyday- which could be a huge relief for the hustle and bustle of life!
Psoriasis Diet Step Five
Psoriasis diet step five, implement gut balancing foods. One of the biggest things that suffer in the body when consuming too many processed and packaged foods is your gut flora. You have 3-4 pounds of good and bad bacteria and viruses that live in your gut. This colony is called your microbiome. Having unhealthy eating habits throws the micorobiome off balance creating foreign objects from unhealthy foods to live in the body and do damage. Feeding the microbiome foods that keep it in balance is key when switching to the psoriasis diet lifestyle. Be sure to check out my blog post Gut Balancing Foods to get the full list!
Commit To The Change
Again, remember that no one is perfect and that you should forgive yourself and move on from bad food decisions you make. The most important thing when starting the psoriasis diet and creating a lifestyle from it, is to commit to the change.
If you are ready for the change, start with doing all of the above mentioned things and kicking off your new lifestyle with the 10 Day Processed Food Detox. This can naturally lead into Intermittent Fasting, which can be a life changer for healing autoimmune diseases.
Good luck! And as always, reach out for support, questions, and concerns!